September 2020

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KAS Annual Meeting 2020 Goes Virtual

KAS Virtual Annual Meeting
November 6/7, 2020


We are looking forward to seeing you share your research and catching up with you! Join us this year for our Annual Meeting to be held virtually on November 6 and 7, 2020.

Early registration and abstract submission deadline will be October 1.
Final registration deadline is Wednesday November 4.
Registration is FREE for all KAS members before October 1.
Register here

Virtual Presentations of all formats will be uploaded in advance. All presenters and audience members will gather together in Live Q&A Sessions. Details here

Keynotes are Dr. Steven Stack and Chris Atchison PhD Details here

Dismantling Racism in Science Forum  Join us for this important community conversation

Become a Sponsor Details here

Find more details and the schedule at

In the meantime, check out some photos from last year's Annual Meeting.

Seeking nominations for the KAS Board

The Kentucky Academy of Science is looking for leaders to join our Governing Board. This is an important responsibility for the members of KAS. Board members serve 4-year terms. Vacancies in 2020 include:
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Social Science/ Science Education Representative
  • At-Large Representative
Full descriptions of officer responsibilities are in the KAS Bylaws. KAS members interested in nominating themselves or a colleague for these vacant positions should submit the name, e-mail address, and phone number for each candidate, and indicate the leadership position of interest to the KAS Past President or the Executive Director. Candidates appearing on the ballot will be asked for a 300 word bio.

Meet our current board members.
Any member may nominate another member. However, for Division representatives, the nominators and nominees must belong to the Division for which they are nominating.

Please send nominations by September 20 to KAS Past President Leslie North.
Newly elected board members will be announced at the KAS Business meeting Friday November 6.

Nominate a colleague for Excellence in Science Education & Outreach

Do you know someone who is bringing their science to a broad audience and improving science literacy? Let us recognize them and inspire others!

KAS is accepting nominations for our Annual Science Education & Outreach Award. This award recognizes activities by a member or group of members that increase the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of science in the Commonwealth.

For details about the nomination process and materials, click here. Nominations are due by September 30, 2020. Our honoree will be announced at the KAS Business meeting Friday November 6.

Check out past winners & find out more!

AAAS Annual Meeting 2021 Goes Virtual

AAAS Virtual Annual Meeting
February 6-8, 2021

This year's AAAS Annual Meeting will be completely virtual. The theme for the 2021 meeting is Understanding Dynamic Ecosystems and covers a broad range of research topics including pollution remediation, AI and nanotechnology, genetic engineering, social ecosystems, and in-person/virtual community building among others. 

Abstract submission for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting is currently open. Students, post-docs, professional scientists, and policy advocates are encouraged to submit their abstracts by October 22, 2020

Read more about the meeting here. The AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. Lean more about AAAS and their mission by clicking here.

Study Abroad Opportunities for Science Students

For Summer 2021, Kentucky Institute for International Studies is offering several Science and Health-related courses:
  • Austria: Courses on Computing Innovation and Computer Ethics and Security are offered. 
  • EcuadorCourses on Evolution and Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation are offered. Both courses may include field work and observational studies.
  • TanzaniaA course on Global Healthcare is offered. Also, Service Learning Practicums on Global Health and Nursing are available for hands-on experiences. 
Early application deadline for all programs is December 1, 2020 and the regular deadline is on February 15, 2021. KIIS is providing a Covid-19 Stress-Free Refund Guarantee. If the need arises for KIIS to cancel 2021 summer study abroad programs prior to departure, KIIS will refund students their program payments, including the $250 application deposit.
Aside from the science/health-related courses highlighted here, KIIS offers a range of other academic courses such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Business, Psychology, Economics, Music, Political Science and more. For a complete list of KIIS 2021 Summer course offerings, visit

KBRIN NIH R15 Grant Writing Virtual Workshop

2020 KBRIN R15 Workshop
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, October 17, 2020

The Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) NIH R15 Grant Writing Workshop will be held virtually this year on October 17, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information about the workshop, click here. To register for the workshop, click here. The deadline to register is October 2, 2020.

The KBRIN Development Research Core provides an array of support programs to develop competitive biomedical research faculty in Kentucky. Click here for more about KBRIN Funding Opportunities.

In Memoriam: Dave Mardon (1937 - 2020)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. David "Dave" Norman Mardon. Dave died at his home in Richmond, KY on August 29, 2020 after living with Parkinson's Disease for many years.

Dave moved to Kentucky in 1976 when he began his 23-year teaching career at Eastern Kentucky University. While he loved teaching, he also conducted research and published papers and was an active member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Kentucky Academy of Science.
After retiring from EKU, he enjoyed playing golf in a senior league and with friends, including former colleagues Ray Otero and Bob Creek. He had a deep appreciation for nature; he was a hiker, a gardener, and a finder of four-leaf clovers.

Dave will be remembered for his kindness to others, natural curiosity, mischievous smiles, and love for seafood and chocolate desserts. He was born in Syracuse, NY, and is is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Dorothy Leinwand Mardon, stepmother, Edith Pekofsky Mardon, brother, William Mardon, and a special friend, Harry Wing. He is survived by his wife, Mary Susan Bascom Mardon; five children, David Mardon, Dorothy Mardon, Jon Mardon, Keith Markland, and Sarah Mardon; four granddaughters, including Miranda Markland and Brittany Markland; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Markland, and his dog, Buddy.

Graveside services will be at 11 AM, Friday, September 4, 2020 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Sharpsburg, KY.  Memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association or a charity or organization of your choice.  Taul Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.
KAS Newsletter - September 2020